Trinity Church is led and governed by a plurality of elders (called the church session) who are mutually accountable to one another and are to lead and deliberate together, sharing the responsibility and authority to guide, nourish, protect, govern, and oversee the church. In addition to making decisions with the session, each elder shepherds through their leadership of a home group or groups. Among the elders, pastors are those called to labor in teaching and administering the sacraments.


Joel Branscomb - Teaching Elder / Pastor

Joel grew up in Winston-Salem and received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Samford University in 2006. He earned a Master of Divinity in 2012 and a Master of Theology in 2013 from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. After serving as a director of college and singles ministries, he joined Salem Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem and became an intern as he pursued ordination. In February of 2017, Joel joined the staff at Trinity, and he joined the Session in February of 2018. He and his wife Alyson have been married since 2009, and they have three children.

Trevor Laurence - Ruling Elder

Trevor grew up in Winston-Salem and received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion in 2009 from the University of Florida. In 2013, he earned a Master of Arts in Christian Thought from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.  After serving on our staff from 2012-2016, he is now pursuing a Ph.D. in theological ethics from the University of Exeter in Devon, UK. He and his wife Sylvia have been married since 2011, and they have two children.


Derek Radney - Teaching Elder / Pastor (Moderator of the Session)

Born in Florida, raised in San Diego, CA and Austin, TX, Derek came to Winston-Salem to attend Wake Forest University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. After receiving a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007, he served as a college and young-adult pastor in Winston-Salem and then went on to complete a Master of Theology in theological ethics at Duke Divinity School in August 2012. He has served as a pastor at Trinity since 2012. In 2005, he married Sally, and they have three children.

Congregational Ministry Leaders

In order to carry out the ministry led and governed by the elders, various leaders have been appointed to oversee different areas of church life to ensure everything is done in good order and with excellence.

Vera Boston Music Director

Suzi Chase Childcare Director

Kim Heath  Treasurer

Rick Laurence Treasurer

Matt Lee Corporate Worship Setup Director